Worst Book Contest

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Preservation Committee Wants Your Worst Book Ever
2nd Annual Worst Book Contest

Win $150 for your library in a preservation contest!

Photograph: Damaged books. The Preservation Committee wants a picture of your worst book ever. NOT the worst book you ever read but rather the book that is in the worst PHYSICAL CONDITION.

  • Send a digital picture before JULY 1, 2013 along with the title, copyright, and the story of what happened to the book.
  • There is no publication date restriction.
    • The book can be from the 18th century or 7th edition of Contracts in a Nutshell (which was literally destroyed after being on Reserve for one year).
  • Rally your staff and let the "Worst Book Ever" search begin.
    • Print and post the 2013 contest flyer in your staff area! (86 KB PDF)
    • No condition will be excluded.
    • We want to see it all – water and temperature damage, mold, insect and pests infestation, atmospheric pollutants, age, food – everything.
  • Entries will be on display at the TS-SIS activities table throughout the annual meeting.
  • Just think, with the prize you can buy some preservation supplies or treat staff to lunch the next time you talk preservation.

The winner will be announced July 8, 2013 by the Preservation Committee; winner can pickup the prize at 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Do you think you have books in worse condition than the 2012 winner?
Oklahoma City University Law Library!
(scroll down to see other entries)
(get the stories behind the 2012 entries (88 KB PDF))

Photograph: Worst book winner from Oklahoma City University Law Library.

Other 2012 Entries

Creighton University and University of Oregon

New York Law Institute and Fredrikson & Byron

Circuit Court for Prince George's County and Sacramento County

Send your 2013 entry photo(s) by July 1 to:
Maxine Wright, at: mwright102@qc.cuny.edu